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PhD, MMus(Perf), BMus(Merit), LMusA, AMusA

Examiner Number: 1014

James Nightingale is a Sydney-based saxophonist with extensive experience as a performer and teacher. He is the alto saxophonist with Australia’s premier saxophone quartet, Continuum Sax, and has performed regularly as a casual saxophonist with Sydney’s orchestras since 1993. James performed as soloist with the Sydney Symphony for ABC Television’s Quest ’95 program and was a finalist in this competition as a member of the Senarius Saxophone Quartet.

James is currently the President of the New Music Network (NMN) and served as vice-president from 2004 to 2007. During this time he has been at the heart of the direction of the NMN, serving as artistic director of the NMN Concert Series (2007–2013) and the NMN Mini-Series (2005–2008).

James has a strong interest in Australian music, and works by Barry Cockcroft, Paul Stanhope, Brian Howard and Stuart Greenbaum have been dedicated to him. He has recorded a solo CD, (Drive), of Australian music for saxophone and his playing is featured on CDs of music by Andrew Ford, (Harbour, TP 128), and can be heard on the Sydney Symphony’s recordings of Ravel’s Bolero (Gianluigi Gelmetti conducting) and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances (Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting).

James completed a PhD at the University of Queensland in 2011 and holds degrees of Master of Music (performance) and Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. James was awarded the Student of the Year prize at the Sydney Conservatorium on completing his undergraduate degree.

James has more than twenty years experience as a saxophone teacher, including 14 years as a member of part-time casual staff at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (1996–2009). He was engaged by the Australian Music Examinations Board to be the consultant editor for the AMEB Saxophone Series 2 grade books (released in 2008).

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